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American R & B: Gospel Grooves, Funky Drummers, and Soul Power

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Rhythm and blues music evolved from all sorts of sounds: swinging jazz, gritty blues, and African American spiritual songs. The music's smooth mix of styles made it unique, and passionate performers made it a sensation. Ever since Ray Charles hit the charts in the 1950s. R & B fans have held it down on dance floors. And R & B singers have belted out messages of love and calls for social change.

Find out what drove R & B's earliest performers to stand up and sing. ...

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Overview

Rhythm and blues music evolved from all sorts of sounds: swinging jazz, gritty blues, and African American spiritual songs. The music's smooth mix of styles made it unique, and passionate performers made it a sensation. Ever since Ray Charles hit the charts in the 1950s. R & B fans have held it down on dance floors. And R & B singers have belted out messages of love and calls for social change.

Find out what drove R & B's earliest performers to stand up and sing. Follow the music's path from gospel choirs to wild funk bands. And learn more about legends such as James Brown. Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, and Beyonce.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kasey Giard
R & B (Rhythm and Blues) music set the nation's toes to tapping beginning in the 1950s. Coined by journalist Jerry Wexler in the late 1940s, early R & B was defined by Gospel music with secular lyrics. Over the decades, musical experimentation has led to other sub-genres like funk and new jack swing and contributed to the development of hip-hop and pop music. From early artists like Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin to Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston to Rihanna and Adele, soul has had many faces over the decades, but the genre remains strong and lively. Fans stand ready to see where creative artists will go next. American R & B gives a quick but comprehensive overview of the progression of R & B across the last six decades. Each chapter focuses on a particular period of development and the artists with the greatest contributions and ends with a list of must-have tracks from iconic artists, perfect for anyone looking to further explore the genre. A glossary of terms, mini-biographies, a succinct timeline of important milestones, and a more comprehensive list of recommended music finish this great resource.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761345015
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/1/2012
  • Series: American Music Milestones Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 442,001
  • Age range: 10 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: IG1020L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.90 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

The Birth of R&B 5

Motor City Music 17

Soul Power 21

Transformations 35

Into the Future 47

Glossary 56

Timeline 57

Mini Bios 58

R&B Must-Haves 59

Major Awards 60

Source Notes 61

Selected Bibliography 62

Further Reading, Websites, and Films 62

Index 63

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